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Our history

Our History

Bodegas Castillo de Mendoza is the result of the Mendoza family's passion for wine. It was born in 1994 when Eloy Antonio Mendoza recovered the family tradition, of several generations devoted to viticulture and wine making, and founded his own winery in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja.

More than a century of family tradition

For more than a century, generations of the Mendoza family, made wine for family and friends, in a small centennial cave, located within the walls of the Castle of San Vicente de la Sonsierra.

The distillery of the seventeenth century

The original idea of Eloy Antonio was to continue making the wine in the cave of the castle, but due to the small size and inaccessibility of it, in 1994 he decided to restore an old distillery of the seventeenth century and prepare it as a winery. Thus starts the career of Bodegas Castillo de Mendoza.

The new winery

The remarkable growth of the winery's activity means that in 2001 Castillo de Mendoza moved its facilities to a new construction in which a draft excavated in living rock in the traditional style of Rioja coexists with current technology.

The vineyards

The winery has 35 hectares of own vineyards located in different plots of the municipal territory of San Vicente de la Sonsierra.

Organic agriculture

We are one of the pioneering wineries in Organic Agriculture in La Rioja. In the year 2000 we planted our first ecological vineyard in Alto de Mindiarte. A set of vineyards isolated and surrounded by a natural wooded environment full of fauna and flora.

Our first organic wine

In 2004, Noralba was born, our flagship organic wine. Whose name is a tribute to the family, since it is the result of the fusion of the names: Nora and Alba, first-born granddaughters of the owners: Eloy Antonio and his wife Sabina.

International projection

In the last ten years the winery has experienced a remarkable growth in the foreign market, our wines are currently present in many countries in Europe, Asia and America.

The reward for our daily effort

In recent years our wines have been highly valued in the most prestigious national and international competitions. This means for us a recognition of our daily trajectory and effort.